Aziz Ansari, everyone's favorite funny fashionista and Parks and Rec star, released a new book titled Modern Romancewith NYU sociologist Eric Klinenberg today. While it's sure to be speckled with his signature witty voice (take a listen to his silly intro here on SoundCloud), this book is first and foremost a serious sociological survey of modern love and, specifically, online dating. And what Tommy Hav found may shock you.
In an essay on Time magazine's website that explores different topics addressed in the book, a somewhat startling fact comes to light: In today's dating culture, around 20 % of heterosexual partners in committed relationships met via online dating apps, but in same-sex couples the number rose to 70 %!
However, far from a condemnation of swiping right or left, Ansari quotes anthropologist Helen Fisher to give an optimistic opinion on these statistics: "All Tinder is doing is giving you someone to look at that's in the neighborhood. Then you let the human brain with his brilliant little algorithm tick, tick, tick off what you're looking for."
Ansari also published an essay about his book in The New York Times over the weekend, where he provided further encouragement for all those dating app fiends out there: "Today's apps make meeting people fun and efficient. Now comes the hard part: changing out of your sweatpants, meeting them in person, and trying for a connection so you can settle down and get right back into those sweatpants."
Just remember, boys and girls: swipe safely.